Mussoorie in Uttarakhand is also known as ‘queen of the hills’ and is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With lush green mountains, year-round pleasant climate, and traces of a rich history, it makes for an ideal destination to unwind amid nature. So pack your bags, check into one of the decent hotels in Mussoorie and set out to explore this beautiful town. Some of the little known places, not frequented by the usual swarm of tourists, are:
Sir George Everest House
It is a place providing unparalleled peace to visitors. Sir George Everest House is the park estate of Sir George Everest, after whom Mount Everest was named. If solitude is on your mind, this is the place to be. From here you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Doon valley on one side and the splendid Himalayas on the other.
It is situated at the extreme west of Mussoorie hill. Now a lavish resort, it was initially one of the first four buildings of the city. Ideal for those seeking privacy and solitude, it provides enchanting views of the verdant valleys and snow-capped Himalayas.
One of the lesser known attractions near the city, Kanatal, lies about 37 km from Mussoorie. It is home to the Surkanda Devi Temple and is a great getaway. The place provides striking views of the soothing greens and crystal waters of the area.
The highest point of the hills, Lal Tibba or the Red Hill, is located in Landour which is the oldest inhabited area in Mussoorie. The view from the top is nothing short of breath-taking, with the Himalayan silhouette visible in the distance.
Offering a fascinating view of Doon Valley and the surrounding areas, this lake offers boating facilities for tourists. With plenty of shops along the lake serving refreshments, the place makes for a pleasant picnic spot.
Camel’s Back Road
The road is famous for its sunrises and sunsets, which colour the valley in splendid hues. Stretching about 4 km from Kulri Bazaar to Library Point, this road is so named due to the layout of the rocks, at the end of the road, which resembles a camel’s hump. It is the perfect place for morning and evening walks as well as horse riding.